Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University, 1953; Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1955; Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1962.
Instructor, lecturer history, Columbia University, 1957-1960;
instructor history, University of California, Berkeley, 1961-1962;
assistant professor, University of California, 1962-1966;
associate professor, University of California, 1966-1972;
professor, University of California, since 1972;
Fulbright professor of history, London School Economics and Political Science, 1968;
Fulbright professor of history, U. London, 1968-1969. National Endowment for Humanities fellow, 1972-1973, director summer seminar for college teachers, 1977, 79, 81, 84. Social Science Research Council fellow, 1960-1961, 64-65.
Visiting professor Beijing Normal U., 1985. Distinguished visiting professor of history United Nations Organization-Innsbrucksummer program 1988. Fulbright distinguished professor American history Moscow State University, 1989.
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Member American History Association, Organisation American Historians, Economics History Association, American Society Legal History, Newcomen Society North America (honorary).
Married Marcia Lee Ash, August 14, 1960. Children: Laura Susan, Robert Samuel, Jennifer Sharon.